Jeremy "Lightning" Bolt began his career 2-0 by first decisioning Ricky Olsen and then submitting Jeremy Bellrose. In between his two fights another man; Alex Stiebling got his start in what quickly began to look like a promising career.
Bolt, a 135 pounder, fought 29 times from this date nine years ago to the last day of 2006. In his almost seven year career he compiled a 20-9 record. His longest winning streak was five fights. Twice he lost two fights in a row.
Stiebling is probably a little better known. He also finished with 29 fights, but had more highlights and lowlights than Bolt. At 5-0-1 he got his shot in the big show at UFC 28 High Stakes against Matt Hughes' brother, Mark. Unfortunately for Stiebling he lost by decision.
Almost a year later is when Stiebling started earning his nickname "The Brazilian Killa." In November 2001 he went psycho and stormed through four Brazilians in Caracas, Venezuela, KO'ing one of them in 0:05. He followed that up with two more victories over Brazilians, so in a matter of just over three months he'd beaten six Brazilian fighters. He took to his nickname too, and had some sweet shorts that advertised that he was in fact "The Brazilian Killa." However, the seventh Brazilian he faced wasn't impressed.
On June 23, 2002 Stiebling met up with a guy that a few people know, Anderson Silva at PRIDE 21 Demolition. Coming into the fight Stiebling was 12-1-1. Silva was a relative newcomer at 6-1. He came in dancing like he was in a club, climbed into the ring, and then thoroughly demolished "The Brazilian Killa." Stiebling right there in the ring took off his shorts and presented them to Silva. The nickname was sullied...
Stiebling never was the same after the loss. He dropped three more fights and finished 6-8 in his final 14 fights to land at 18-10-1 never beating a Brazilian again.
Since that 3rd day of April nine years ago, the beginning of Jeremy and Alex's careers, we saw "Lightning" Bolt grind out a solid record. And Stiebling rise to the status of "The Brazilian Killa" and then come to a crashing halt at the hands of a Brazilian newcomer in Anderson Silva, a man who as of April 3, 2008 is considered one of if not the best fighters on the planet.
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